Principal Investigator

Associate Professor

Louise Whiteley

Associate Professor Louise Whiteley’s work asks how knowledge about stem cell science and participation in research trials impacts how people see themselves and their bodies, and how they live with their medical conditions over time. She uses these findings to develop new engagement methods.

Associate Professor
Louise Whiteley
Location: UCPH, Denmark
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Associate Professor Louise Whiteley’s research within reNEW’s PREPARE theme asks how knowledge about stem cell science and participation in research trials impact how people see themselves and their bodies, and how they live with their medical conditions? She collaborates with communicators at Copenhagen’s Medical Museion to develop new stories and installations about stem cells that support a curious, relevant, and respectful engagement. Associate Professor Whiteley is guided by a feminist science studies perspective, and a commitment to seeing scientists, research participants, doctors, and patients as social and emotional beings, as well as bearers of diverse expertise.

Associate Professor Whiteley is part of reNEW’s PREPARE theme. She is also curator at the Medical Museion of the University of Copenhagen, and deputy program coordinator at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR). Throughout her career, Associate Professor Whiteley has moved across the sciences and humanities, with special interests in neuroscience and psychiatry, microbiome research, and now stem cell science. She is also passionate about using research to inform about public engagement experiments, and has curated several exhibitions and produced events, podcasts, and interdisciplinary workshops using creative writing methods.

reNEW researchers have a strong track record of scientific excellence in stem cell biology

They have performed pioneering work in stem cell research spanning different tissue and cell types, different technological advances and different stages of applied research. This provides an unprecedented international opportunity to utilise the combined wealth of knowledge, complementary skills sets and clinical experience across reNEW to push stem cell discoveries toward translational outcomes.